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                                 boutique winery specializes in Riesling (are you sensing a theme here?) and is owned by Johannes Reinhardt and his wife Imelda. Raised in a winemaking family near Wurzburg, Germany, Reinhardt was the head winemaker at the nearby Anthony Road Wine Company before opening Kemmeter.
As an additional treat, Imelda runs the on-site Sans Dumplings (, where dumplings are available to go or enjoy at outdoor picnic tables. Freshly made and pan sautéed, we chose from chicken, pork, tofu, lamb and salmon. Served with a salad or rice, they were sublime, especially paired with a bottle of Kemmeter Riesling and a view of the lake and the vineyards.
Reinhardt was reflective as he poured his wines and
told us of his journey from Germany to the Finger Lakes. His dedication to hand-tending the vines was impressive. “Riesling is one of the most versatile grapes,” he said, speaking of the grape with reverence. Reinhardt almost personified the grapes, explaining that each one has a different talent with unique strengths and weaknesses.
His job, he said, was to coax the best out of the grapes. Kemmeter’s Rieslings sit beautifully on a scale from very dry to slightly sweet. Reinhardt grew up playing the pipe organ and his elegant gold and white labels are adorned with musical notes signifying the level of dryness or sweetness in each of his excellent Rieslings.
Kemmeter wines are sold at the winery or through direct shipping on their website. Always in high demand, these small production wines are truly special.
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